The below list is courtesy of Richard Dawkins and Michael Shermer (as published in brainpickings):

  1. How reliable is the source of the claim?
  2. Does the source make similar claims?
  3. Have the claims been verified by somebody else?
  4. Does this fit with the way the world works?
  5. Has anyone tried to disprove the claim?
  6. Where does the preponderance of evidence point?
  7. Is the claimant playing by the rules of science?
  8. Is the claimant providing positive evidence?
  9. Does the new theory account for as many phenomena as the old theory?
  10. Are personal beliefs driving the claim?

Think about it!

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  1. Shim,

    You finish all your post with “Think about it!”

    As the list implies; “Think about it!”, “Think about it!”, “Think about it!”

    Reply

    • Hey Pat, this is part of my crusade to get people (and myself) to rely less on system 1 and start utilizing their system 2 (as per Daniel Kahneman’s “Thinking, Fast and Slow”).

      “Think about it!”, “Think about it!”, “Think about it!” will certainly do it.

      Cheers, Shim.

      Reply

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